As the holidays grew nearer, I was trying to find some books that went beyond the usual Christmas stories. I was very glad to find this one. In a non-As the holidays grew nearer, I was trying to find some books that went beyond the usual Christmas stories. I was very glad to find this one. In a non-textbook style, the author finds a way to introduce the principles of Kwanzaa to children in a way that grows as the story moves along. Beautifully vivid illustrations capture the afro-centric nature of the tale, and colorful characters are interesting to look at even without reading the words. Li’l Rabbit is the youngest in his family. Because of his age and size, he is usually unable to fully contribute to the yearly Kwanzaa celebrations. This year, his Granna Rabbit is sick, which leaves Li’l Rabbit wondering who will make the Karamu feast? As he goes on a hunt to pull Karamu together himself, Li’l Rabbit unintentionally spreads the word about Kwanzaa to the neighbors he encounters, all of whom eventually pull together to help make the best Kwanzaa Karamu Li’l Rabbit or Granna Rabbit have ever seen. What I liked most about this book was the accessibility. You can read this book and not know ANYTHING about Kwanzaa and still walk away with a great lesson. The Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of Kwanzaa are weaved seamlessly into the storyline, giving children the opportunity to use context clues and deductive reasoning. Being too small or too young, is a theme that most children will instantly relate to and makes Li’l Rabbit the perfect protagonist. At the very back of the book, the author includes a brief glossary covering the terms and principles of Kwanzaa. Washington, Donna L, and Shane Evans. Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2010. Print. Recommended ages 5 & up Vividly Illustrated, Endearing undertones(Inclusion, Family, Respect, Purpose, Cooperation)...more
Kitty isn't pleased with her gifts this year. In fact, she hates them! They are nothing that she wanted, so she decides to tear everything apart. (InKitty isn't pleased with her gifts this year. In fact, she hates them! They are nothing that she wanted, so she decides to tear everything apart. (In a hilarious fashion). Ungrateful and unrepentant, she runs away, only to find that it's not very easy to be so carefree when she doesn't know where she is. A kind woman finds Kitty and takes her in, where she learns a very important (if not Grinch-like) lesson about the true meaning of winter holidays.
I liked this story. Bad Kitty is always fun to watch, because let's face it, cats really can be jerks. LOL But, this story goes from Kitty's usual antics to a very somber and sobering realization about family and apprehensiveness. ...more